Jim, the Peacock, Is Coming Home

Many of you know that my son attends school with three unusual feathered students: Phil, Jim, and Harry. All three peacocks. Phil is a leucistic white peafowl, and Jim and Harry are your traditional blue green peacocks. The history of the peacocks on the grounds of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine seems to vary a bit, depending on the source you’re reading, but some sources suggest that they made their first appearance in 1973.



Jim or Harry

jimorharry at front of school

Harry or Jim 

Last summer Jim injured his wing and has been recuperating at The Center for Avian & Exotic Medicine.



Jim2Tomorrow he is finally coming home! Everyone in the community, especially the children, are thrilled he’s coming back. Fingers, toes, and wings crossed Phil and Harry feel the same way. 🙂

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Wilcox and Griswold Upcoming Events

Detectives Wilcox and Griswold are on the hunt for Miss Rabbit’s missing carrot cake and they need your help.


May 16th – The Pound Ridge Library, 271 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge, NY, at 2:30 pm

May 20th – P.S. 166, The Richard Rodgers School of the Arts & Technology 

May 23 – Book Culture, 450 Columbus Avenue, at 4:00 pm

May 29 – The Alexander Robertston School

May 31 Bank Street Book Store, 2780 Broadway at 107th St., at 1:00 pm

June 7 – BookCourt, 163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY, at 11:00 am

June 28 – What’s Cooking @ ALA?, San Francisco, CA, 10:30-11:30 pm, I will be cooking up Mollie Katzen’s AWESOME carrot cake recipe from The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake.

Carrot cake, surprises, giveaways, and more await the newest Missing Food Investigators. So please come on by and have some fun! 

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Interview With Robin Newman & Book Giveaway

Looking for something fun to do this Thursday morning? Then, hop on over to Kathy Temean’s for the once in a lifetime opportunity to win a FREE (Yup! You read correctly! That’s FREE, GRATIS, NO CASH REQUIRED!!) copy of The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake. May the best blog reader win! Good luck.

Writing and Illustrating

robin_newman Author Robin Newman

Thought you might enjoy getting to know Robin Newman and read the interview I had with her. Robin’s debut picture book hit the book shelves on Tuesday. Plus, she is offering anyone who leaves a comment here the chance to win a copy of her book. You get extra chances if you also tweet or share on Facebook and let us know.

Here’s the interview:

How long did it take you to write The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake?

The book took about seven years of writing, and more important, rewriting. A good gauge is my son. I started writing after he was born. He’s eight-years old now.

How and when did you team up with Liza Fleissig at the Liza Royce Agency?

Tori Corn, author of What Will it Be, Penelope? illustrated by Danielle Ceccolini (Sky Pony Press), and Dixie Wants an Allergy, illustrated by…

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An Evening of Celebration at The Corner Bookstore for The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake

The old adage, “Good things come to those who wait,” is definitely true in my case. It took just about eight years for Wilcox and Griswold to make their first public appearance. A very big THANK YOU is due to everyone who helped Wilcox and Griswold on their journey, especially Creston Books, Marissa Moss, Deborah Zemke, Liza Fleissig, Ginger Harris-Dontzin, my critique group (Jill Davis, Jacki Morris, Joanne French, Ellen Grogan), and my family. Many thanks to The Corner Bookstore for making the celebration extra special!

Here are some photographic highlights:







From the bottom of my heart, thank you!!! xoxo

#687 – The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake by Robin Newman & Deborah Zemke

A wonderful review by Sue Morris of The Case of The Missing Carrot Cake.

Kids Lit Review

Quick note: Not surprisingly, the motherboard died one last time, just days after arriving home from its last death. I am at the library and running out of time. Please excuse the unfinished post. I will get all images and links up as son as I can. I hope you enjoy the review, such as it is. ~Sue


The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake
Written by Robin Newman
Illustrated by Deborah Zemke
Creston Books          2015
40 pages            Age 7—9
“When food goes missing on Ed’s farm, Detectives Wilcox and Griswold do what it takes to track down the thieves. In this case, Miss Rabbit’s carrot cake has disappeared. Has it been stolen? Or eaten? Or both? Who dunnit?” [publisher]

Oh, my, a carrot cake has gone missing and Miss Rabbit, besides being crumbed…

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